A Bibliometric Study of Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

Informing Science is a young transdisciplinary science. the essential characteristics of which were defined fifteen years ago. The journal Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline (In-formSciJ) is the flagship journal of transdisciplinary Informing Science. A study about the publi-cation’s influence and readership could be pertinent to better understanding the present state of Informing Science. To this end, we have performed a bibliometric study of first generation citations from InformSciJ. Publication data from Scopus were used. A bibliometric analysis based on citations to its papers may give clear indicators about the influence of this journal among institutions, countries, and researchers. This study also provides an overview of knowledge dissemination in various disciplines. Moreover, a citations study may be a barometer of the evolution of a transdiscipline.

The study demonstrates the high degree of transdisciplinarity of Informing Science. It is also confirmed that after more than a decade the Informing Science Institute continues to bring together researchers working in IS from many disciplines and nations. The study confirms that it is possible to observe the evolution of a new transdiscipline by analysing the citations to papers from its flagship journal.

Author(s): Amanda Regolini and Emmanuelle Jannès-Ober
Organization(s):Irstea
Source:Informing Science: the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline
Year: 2013

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